We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“okay” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Crab Shack

The Crab Shack
40 Estill Hammock Road, Tybee Island, GA 31328-9702
19127869857
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #5 of 52 Restaurants in Tybee Island
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Bar, American, Seafood, Soups, Barbecue
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Crab Shack isn't just a restaurant, it's a destination! We seat more than 700 guests and offer both indoor and outdoor dining options. Both dining rooms and our outdoor dining deck offer picturesque views of Chimney Creek. Both the young and young-at-heart will enjoy our interactive, educational "Gator Lagoon" which is home to 78 baby alligators; our aviary which is home to more than a dozen rescued exotic birds, and our "Gift Shack". The Crab Shack offers traditional Low Country fare, including fresh streamed and boiled seafood and slow-cooked BBQ. We also have a kid's menu available with burgers, hot dogs, and pizza. The Crab Shack is and always has been a family owned business, and recently began shipping our entrees in ready-to-be-cooked kits through LoCo To Go. Stop by and experience all we have to offer for yourself!
peoria, Illinois
Level Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We chose this restaurant after we looked at the menus for many online, as I have very picky children. When we got there the menu was different. No nachos, no wings which is what we had chosen. Kids were disappointed. It was hot and all seating is outside. The scenery was nice but the only "wildlife" we saw were stray cats wandering around. There was a garbage can under our table so basically the only thing the server did was bring the food. The food was okay, but we were a bit disappointed in the misleading menu online.

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
Thank glittergrl71
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

3,531 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,620
    1,011
    476
    204
    220
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Charleston, South Carolina
Level Contributor
75 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Unbelievable... shacks in the woods....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We went to this restaurant for two nights in a row for dinner - I think that says it all!!! It was recommended to us by a local and it is without a doubt, some of the best tasting seafood (especially the crab legs) that I have ever had! Get the seafood platter that you share with however many people you have in your party - it has everything on it and is the best value! The service was outstanding both nights and the kids working there are on top of their game! Very family friendly - baby gators to look at if you have to wait for a table! Fun and really great - if you can find it in the woods, go there!

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
Thank suefromcharleston
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“It's called a shack for a reason”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

OK, first things first: This is not four-star dining. What the Crab Shack is is a fun place to sit along the water, drink a few cold beers, and enjoy some seafood. And, yes, it is served on paper plates, and yes, you will see cats milling around, which I think adds to the place's charm. Keep in mind, too, that options are limited, especially for meat lovers. If, however, you're craving seafood, give this place a chance. I would recommend going for the seafood sampler, which comes with crab legs, boiled shrimp, crawfish, mussels, sausage, potatoes, and the best corn on the cob ever. (Skip the potatoes and ask for extra corn -- you'll be glad you did.) The two-person sampler runs around $40 and is enough to feed four. This is the best deal on the menu. Also, the service here is friendly and fast -- not what you would expect at your typical tourist attraction.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank jme90
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Atlanta, Georgia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Where's the health dept?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

We have been here several times over the last 15 years and it has expanded into a major roadside attraction. But with that being said, this place is disgusting. There are cats running around everywhere. The bathrooms are disgusting. The menus are covered in shmootz. The food is not very good, and way over priced. Everything on the table has a nasty coating if stuff on them from other people's dirty hands. They have a pickup truck right in front full of garbage always. It stinks. And the gift shop smells like cat pee. Overall a place we will not be revisiting which is a shame. Because it used to be a great place. The only positive are the servers. They are friendly and always on top of it.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 1 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Bdmartin153
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level Contributor
42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Unique restaurant tucked in residential neighborhood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I had read about the Crab Shack on Tybee Island outside of Savannah, GA but did not see it when driving around popular area of the island. On the way off the island we spotted their sign and decided to check it out. It is a large shack-like place with several smaller buildings around including the cat shack and a parrot/macaw rescue inside the gift shop.

It was a little confusing trying to find out where to go to get a table- it was outside in an area where there are probably a lot of people waiting during peak season.
It is very casual with mostly large round tables that have napkins and a trash container in the middle of them to dispose of shrimp tails, corn cobs, etc.

My young teen son and I shared a shrimp boil plate. He had never eaten shrimp with legs and tail intact so it was a new experience for him. Outside the seating area visitors can view numerous 3-5 foot alligators in an enclosure.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
Helpful?
Thank C S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Crab Shack also viewed

Tybee Island, Georgia Coast
Tybee Island, Georgia Coast
 
Tybee Island, Georgia Coast
Tybee Island, Georgia Coast
 

Been to The Crab Shack? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing